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Boat Named ‘Amen’ Used To Rescue Teens Stranded in Ocean After Desperate Prayer for Help


After two Florida teens became stranded near St. Augustine, they desperately prayed for God to save them. Their rescue eventually came but in an unexpected way.

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, high school seniors Tyler Smith and Heather Brown decided to spend their senior skip day swimming off of the coast of Vilano Beach.

As the two Christ’s Church Academy students began to swim back to shore, they soon realized that they may not be able to make it back. The current was too strong.

In that moment of panic, Smith grabbed Brown’s hand and began to pray for God to save them.

“I cried out: ‘If you really do have a plan for us, like, come on. Just bring something,’” he told WJAX-TV.

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Things looked grim as Smith’s muscles began to cramp, but a boat sailing from Delray Beach, Florida to New Jersey passed by the teens just in time.

“Over all the wind, waves, and engines, we thought we heard a desperate scream,” captain of the boat, Eric Wagner wrote on Facebook. “200 yards behind us we saw an arm flail over the swells.”

The crew turned the boat around and began to rescue the two exhausted teens.

According to Wagner’s Facebook post, both teens were shivering and pale and Smith’s lips were white. Crew members quickly called the coast guard in order to get medical help.

Before meeting up with the rescue boat, Smith told Wagner that he had asked God to help them.

That’s when Wagner told Smith and Brown that the name of the boat they were on was “The Amen.”

The name of the boat, normally said to signify the end of a prayer, caused tears to well up in the teens’ eyes. God had answered their prayers in a way only God could.

“From us crying out to God, for Him to send someone for us to keep living and a boat named ‘Amen,’ there’s no way that it wasn’t Him,” Smith told Fox News.

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“The young couple was gracious and grateful to us and to God,” Wagner wrote. “It was the latter all along.”

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
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